Far From Featherbrained
This is how we make friends with dogs. Nibble at the carrier screen, and make foolish noises. They already think we’re aliens, might as well seal the deal.

This is how we make friends with dogs. Nibble at the carrier screen, and make foolish noises. They already think we’re aliens, might as well seal the deal.

Mom. Take us home. Now.

Mom. Take us home. Now.

Mom went grocery shopping for us, and forgot to get food for herself again

Mom went grocery shopping for us, and forgot to get food for herself again

A headrub is only useful if your budgie closes his eyes and looks pleased with life.

A headrub is only useful if your budgie closes his eyes and looks pleased with life.

I know I have a “fluffy puffy” butt, mom. Let’s try and move past it.

I know I have a “fluffy puffy” butt, mom. Let’s try and move past it.

Things to climb, reflections to gaze at.

Things to climb, reflections to gaze at.

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For anyone who’s considering upgrading their small birds’ living spaces, but can’t afford a large cage, there are other options. I took the cage my parents’ gifted me two years ago and used rope and natural perches to attach it to the cage I already had. Because I don’t used the grates that come with cages, I also used quick links and an extra grate I had to create and extended play gym.The difference in Jasper and Felix’s personalities after I expanded the play areas was incredible! Their cage is opened whenever I or my parents are home, and are free to go in and out as they please. They have no shortage of toys and wood to climb on and chew. While their wings are clipped, they are still able to fly around a good amount. They’re free to fly up to the curtains of the family room, where they often hang out while we watch TV in the evening. After giving them more freedom and variety, I noticed they had more energy, were constantly chirping and playing, and were more inclined to eat the healthy vegetable mash I feed them. 
Altogether this entire setup could add up to about $300 dollars. And that doesn’t include the toy box they have stored underneath the table which is stuffed to the brim with toys. I know that this is a lot of money to spend, but there are ways to make it hurt less! I was lucky enough to receive this cage as a gift, but I was shopping around a lot and had already begun to save up for a larger cage. I stock up on toys and perches when they’re on sale, and my family pretty much gifts me all bird items now. Amazon on Black Friday is how I happened to grab the large mopani tree you see next to the UV lamp. The entire setup took about a year to come together, and I’m constantly looking for ways to change it up. You don’t have to spend all the money at once, and if you already have a cage that may be too small, you don’t need to throw it away. You can always recycle and turn it into something even better!!

I’m just going to skip a couple of steps, and put the feathers and poop on the clothes now.

I’m just going to skip a couple of steps, and put the feathers and poop on the clothes now.

What do you enjoy most about keeping budgies? I own two myself; NugglePuff and Persephone. Both lovely and sweet little girls who are loving and get along very well. They are friendly, and NugglePuff likes to snuggle while Persephone likes to... heh, I don't know, she's a spunky one. I guess eat millet...?

My  favorite part would have to be listening to them chatter to themselves while they sleep, and when they’re using teamwork to destroy a toy…even when half that toy ends up scattered all over the floor. When I come home from work or class, they’ll start their screeching and bouncing all over the cage until I open their door. Then once it’s open, all bets are off and they’re flying everywhere. Jasper also will cling to me if I’ve been gone for a while, whereas Felix just wants to roam.There are a lot of expenses and work involved in keeping them but it’s all worth it for those moments

You'r birds are so adorable <3 I have one Lutino budgie and I love him to death but the blue budgie you have is just so beautiful <3 as well as the yellow one ^-^
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Thank you :) Our mom thinks we’re pretty handsome too. She likes to snuggle and give us kisses while she tells us how cute we are.
And Lutinos are a very pretty bunch